13 days in Shimla, Manali & Dharamsala Itinerary

13 days in Shimla, Manali & Dharamsala Itinerary

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13 days in Shimla, Manali & Dharamsala Itinerary

Start: Shimla
1
Shimla
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Manali
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Dharamsala
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
End: Shimla

6
nights
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Venture out of the city with trips to Solan (Bon Monastery & Mohan Shakti Heritage Park), Krol Ka Tibba (in Salogra) and Naldehra Golf Course (in Naldehra). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jakhu Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kufri Fun World, pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church, and admire all the interesting features of Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Shimla travel route planner.

Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Shimla

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Solan, Fagu Ski Resort, Krol Ka Tibba, Tara Devi Temple, Naldehra Golf Course
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Kufri Fun World ©
Kufri Fun World
The Mall ©
The Mall
Jakhu Temple ©
Jakhu Temple

3
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
On the 1st (Sat), take in the natural beauty of Vashisht Baths, appreciate the views at Solang Valley, then explore the activities along Beas River, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hidimba Devi Temple. On the next day, get great views at Gulaba, then identify plant and animal life at Rani Nallah, and then take a memorable drive along Rohtang Pass.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Manali trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Shimla to Manali in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Manali

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Rohtang Pass
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Beas River ©
Beas River
Solang Valley ©
Solang Valley
Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple

3
nights
Dharamsala

Dharamsala ©
The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
On the 4th (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Triund Hill, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. John, and then admire all the interesting features of Norbulingka Institute. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Dal Lake, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bhagsu Waterfall, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhagsunath Temple.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Dharamsala day trip planner .

You can drive from Manali to Dharamsala in 5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Nature Parks Spas
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Triund Hill ©
Triund Hill
Norbulingka Institute ©
Norbulingka Institute
Bhagsu Waterfall ©
Bhagsu Waterfall

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